This spring we have a very exciting opportunity for students. In partnership with the Skirball Cultural Center and their exhibition Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open, we’re offering a course that starts with a review of the artist’s work and influence, and ends with a tour of the exhibition accompanied by Baseman himself.
Many Los Angelenos (or fans of Cranium) may already be familiar with Baseman’s work. Organized thematically, Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open examines the many facets of Baseman’s creativity and underscores the influence of his Jewish upbringing and American popular culture on his career. The exhibition presents more than 300 artworks and objects from his prodigious output and eclectic collections. Highlights include vibrant illustrations for The New Yorker and Rolling Stone; title card paintings and maquettes for Baseman’s Emmy Award–winning animated television series Teacher’s Pet; iconic artwork for the popular board game Cranium; and many of Baseman’s beloved, limited-edition designer toys.
The class begins with a lecture by Denise A. Gray, Principal Consultant of MUSED, consulting in art and museums. She has worked in the field for twenty years, including twelve spent at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where she developed and managed community, family, youth, and teen programs. Gray has worked with Gary Baseman since 2007, managing his fine and commercial art projects, producing his art performances, and organizing his exhibitions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy. She contributed to two 2013 publications related to Baseman’s retrospective exhibition, Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open and Mono Baseman.
Following the lecture, students will tour the exhibition at the Skirball, and meet and participate in a discussion with Mr. Baseman. This is an unique opportunity to meet with an iconic artist, and we’re greatful to the Skirball and Denise Gray for their partnership!
(image: Gary Baseman, The Door is Always Open, 2012, acrylic on board, courtesy of the artist).